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Reading for pleasure 28 June 2013 - conference notes | The Guardian

Reading for pleasure 28 June 2013 - conference notes | The Guardian | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Annie explained her determination to continue with a whole school approach to reading so that it becomes embedded in the culture of the school. It is an ongoing process.

Boys have not yet been to the reading group, but because time has now been set aside for reading and books are talked about, they now use the library for reading and not just for playing computer games.

It has been important to find books that have appealed to boys e.g.Darren Shan books."

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Welcome to Boys and Reading! 

 

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Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham - TEDxTalks

Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham - TEDxTalks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Why should we keep reading aloud to kids even when they can already 'read on their own?' This talk demonstrates the magic of read aloud and reminds us all why reading aloud is so essential- at school and at home. This talk is for parents and teachers who want to teach comprehension and connect with kids in powerful ways." 

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Ten Minutes a Day Could Change Everything. - YouTube

A young boy asks his dad to read to him. When he says no, what happens next spells out why everyone should take time to read together.
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Harness the power of manga to get boys reading

Harness the power of manga to get boys reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
It is a common misconception that male students don’t like reading. Gareth Summers, head of English at Rushcliffe School in Nottinghamshire, explains how comics can be a great way to encourage engagement with literature
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Video: Inspiring Reluctant Readers

Video: Inspiring Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
The best-selling authors James Patterson and Rick Riordan talk about the challenge of encouraging children, particularly boys, to love reading.
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Javier Magallanes's curator insight, October 12, 2015 3:06 AM

"Inspiring reluctant Readers" a video from the New York Times shows an interview about how we can turn boys who don't care much for reading into boys who want to read different kinds of literature. In the video famous authors James Patterson and Rick Riordan talk about how boys and children in general just need freedom of choice for what kinds of books to read. The only job of the parent is to find out what topics interest the boy and direct him to books that would relate to his interests. I choose this video as my reading article because I thought it was really important share with everyone else that kids aren't always going to pass up reading we just have to direct them  to books that they can relate to and they will understand the joy that reading can give them. This article is from a credible source because the New York Times posted this on their website and they are known for posting factual unaltered news. 

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Best of teacher HELPLINE: how can I turn my reluctant readers into literature lovers?

Best of teacher HELPLINE: how can I turn my reluctant readers into literature lovers? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers share strategies on how to get reluctant readers loving books.
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Sir Writesalot | Laura Mizvaria : How to Hook a Reader

Sir Writesalot | Laura Mizvaria : How to Hook a Reader | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I think what most of these opening lines have in common is that they spark curiosity. Of course, there is a difference between making a reader being curious, and making a reader having no idea what is going on. If you readers don’t understand a thing, it won’t make them curious—it will just send them away confused. They won’t want to know more simply because of a lack of information, they will want to know more because the information you have given them has peaked their interested while expressing that there is still more to be seen. The reader should be enticed to find out more about the character and the situation, and should be asking, 'what will happen next?'"

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Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks

Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
You’d think teenagers would shun traditional print books for e-readers. But the latest survey says that’s not true…
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Martine Vanderborght's curator insight, December 17, 2014 6:37 AM

I also prefer a traditional print book, the feeling, the smell!

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Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke

Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
We were delighted when Dyslexia Action approached us with a view to working together on a guide to choosing books for struggling or reluctant readers, or those with dyslexia.
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How to get Children Reading for Pleasure

How to get Children Reading for Pleasure | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"This UKEdChat session explored how teachers encourage children to read for pleasure, looking at strategies that work in all educational settings."

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Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels

Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Middle school students are known for being picky.  Along with being picky, this age group very rarely wants to read 'assigned books'. Here are the Top 10 ways to get your middle school students to read"

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Let's get to challenging our boys (and girls) to read!

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Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read

Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Posters showing men reading and talking about the benefits of reading can encourage more boys to pick up books."

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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:39 PM

This article features an initiative called "Real Men Read." Simply by creating posters showing real men of different backgrounds and appearances reading, the campaign attacks misconceptions regarding literacy and masculinity. The system started by first capturing male faculty and teachers reading, yet it has expanded to include a wide range of men worthy of being role models. By debunking the myth that literacy is not masculine, the campaign celebrates male readership, one teacher at a time, with specifically disciplinary examples of literacy. One middle school even bought hundreds of graphic novels to try and hook more boys on reading. Boys, who often struggle with attention span, can grow to hate reading, yet literacy is a key component to education, particularly those that seek further education after grade school.

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Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"How can adults get kids more interested in reading? It’s a question that librarians, booksellers, educators and parents have been grappling with for decades. Today, the Library of Congress made a powerful suggestion, in naming a graphic novelist the national ambassador for young people’s literature for the very first time. Get the kids some comics."

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Establishing a Community of Readers by Brian Lawless

Establishing a Community of Readers by Brian Lawless | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
The more I read and reflected over the years, the more I determined that there are five essential elements of getting children excited about reading.  If these five elements are present and you are committed to upholding the integrity of each, the joy of reading will spread like wildfire.
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Because I Read... - YouTube

As a part of our Open a World of Possible initiative, we asked kids to complete the sentence "Because I read, I...". We're so inspired by their answers!
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Boys and Reading

"We must appeal to their interests, find male reading role models, and devise authentic ways for boys to talk about books without making it seem 'emotional' or 'confessional.'

Here are three resources that move the discussion beyond strategies and focus on the ways in which we can integrate books into boys’ lives."

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Reading promotion | Services to Schools

Reading promotion | Services to Schools | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Reading promotion gives you the chance to raise the profile of books and reading in your school, while at the same time sharing your passion for high-interest titles, favourite authors, and the joy of living a bookish life.
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BJ Neary's curator insight, May 17, 2015 8:42 PM

Thanks to Heather Stapleton, great ideas to keep students reading!!!

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For the love of reading : engaging students in a lifelong pursuit

For the love of reading : engaging students in a lifelong pursuit | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
What prompts a teen to choose reading over a different activity during her leisure time? Several factors would contribute, surely. Reading will hold little appeal if a student has trouble decoding or has problems with comprehension.

But what if a student is a fluent decoder and generally understands texts that she tackles? What if she just doesn’t often choose to read? What might be done to motivate her, both at school and at home?
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No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools

No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Australian author Will Kostakis writes on the sexist perception that books about girls should only be read by girls, while boys about boys can be enjoyed by all genders.
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How To Read: Step by Step Instructions to Pleasure Reading

How To Read: Step by Step Instructions to Pleasure Reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Reading for your own enjoyment takes practice. I know it sounds a little crazy– but folks practice their hobbies all the time and why should recreational reading be any different? It can be hard today to turn off distractions and just read. So here is a practical guide; follow it and you will soon find yourself enjoying reading.
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Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list. — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list. — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Maybe you’re a relative, maybe you’re a friend, but no matter what, it is so awesome that you want to buy books for teens this holiday season. If you don’t mind, can I give you a few tips about how to buy books that these teens that you so clearly care about will actually read and enjoy? It won’t take long, I promise. I know you’re busy."

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Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books

Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Martin Jeeps, head of English at The Fulham Boys School, has led a move to reduce the number of books in his school library. Here he explains why.
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As Martin explains, "Now, obviously, this strategy suits the fact that, at present, we only have Year 7 boys". Having a separate section for series may be the answer for a school with a number of year levels.

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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.
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The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson

The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...

This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"

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Reluctant readers get in the game with books about sport - Sydney Morning Herald

Reluctant readers get in the game with books about sport - Sydney Morning Herald | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Tales of glory and dashed dreams on the sportsfield may be the key to get children wary of books to take up reading, writes Karen Hardy.
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Includes excellent tips from author Deborah Abela on how to get your kids reading.

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